I have been going through the forum, reading blogs and checking benchmarks. I am a student with a student version (so asking VAR is not an option) and my budget is $1000 (so Boxx, SolidBox are not really an option). Many of the posts here deal with professionals with a budget 4x mine. What I am looking for is a solid build that will perform well enough for me to do schoolwork for SolidWorks (primarily, but a few AutoDesk products ocassionally) and prepare for as many certifications as I can during the life of my student version of SolidWorks. That means most likely 1yr, though sometimes they last longer. At the price of the software I don't realistically see me purchasing it for myself once my student version expires, so futureproofing my PC isn't much of a concern. It's been about 10yrs since I last built a PC so I'm getting some help from a friend who has built several gaming PC's. I had him read several posts regarding the differences between gaming PC's and one's for SolidWorks. The list below is what we have come up with. Thoughts/suggestions on the proposed build for my requirements would be much appreciated.
(very strong single thread performance)
(better price performance that other Quadro series cards)
$1080 slightly over budget but ok